05 Nov 2013 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) - Namibian musicians have until 12 December this year to submit their entries for the 2014 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs).
Entries opened on Tuesday, and the awards-giving ceremony will take place over two days, with the tentative dates being Friday, 04 April and Saturday, 05 April 2014.
The decision to split the awards ceremony into two was because previous events took too long, organisers said.
Addressing the media during the launch of the 2014 NAMAs here today, executive committee member of the event Tim Ekandjo from main sponsor Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) said artists can immediately start entering themselves, either electronically or manually.
Entries must be accompanied by two original copies of their album.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the NAMA website - www.nama.com.na - or collected at the MTC head office in Windhoek, or any regional office of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).
Ekandjo made it clear that artists must use a new entry form for every new entry, as multiple entries on the same form will be disqualified.
Ensure all copies/discs are clearly marked, and read the rules before entering, he urged.
Only albums commercially released between 01 December 2012 and 30 November 2013 will qualify for the awards.
On the new rules, Ekandjo stressed that artists are now limited to a maximum of two music genres/categories.
This, however, excludes entries or nominations for Best Male/Female of the Year; Best Group/Duo; Best Collaboration; Best Music Video and all the public voting categories.
Albums previously entered into the NAMAs and now remixed will not qualify, and judges will have a 100 per cent vote on all music categories.
The public will have the complete say over the categories Song of the Year; Most Disciplined Artist; Best Live Performance; and Most Popular Artist of the Year.
Members of the public can vote for those categories via text massages before the deadline on 10 March 2014.
About the Song of the Year category, Ekandjo said nominees and winners will now be decided by the public, unlike in the past when radio stations decided on that category.
Meanwhile, a new category has been added.
This is the Most Socially Responsible Artist of the Year, and is not open for public votes.
Artists must enter themselves, and give a list of their social responsibility projects done between 01 December 2012 and 30 November 2013.